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8:00 – 10:30AM, THURSDAY & FRIDAY JULY 2ND & 3RD 2015 

 SMART by Design! Leadership Essentials for Virtual Mentorship

Facilitator: Dr. Penina Lam, CEO, eLearning Innovators, Inc.

Description: eMentoring presents opportunities to engage diverse employers and other stakeholders in preparing graduates by offering guidance that is relevant to enhancing student professional competencies, helping them develop confidence, and networking resources for a very competitive workplace. Virtual mentoring is not just about the technology but also people relationships and strategy. The foundations of eMentoring will be featured through a 5-phase SMART design model.

Initiating and developing eMentoring programs is not about creating more barriers. The speaker will show just how the technology that is already in place in most higher education institutions to support eLearning, can be used and repurposed to support eMentoring. While Learning Management Systems (LMS) are being embraced to support delivery of content, there is limited evidence that it’s being used for eMentoring. Higher education institutions and society at large are increasingly embracing mobile and Web-based learning and meeting technologies. As distance programs gain momentum, why are higher education institutions not using the same eLearning technologies and infrastructure already in place?
Given the statistics on employment for African youth, it’s clear that higher education institutions must clearly do more to enhance the employability of graduates and youth across the board. Technology has evolved rapidly and become more accessible in terms of costs and more adaptable allowing us to connect across borders with relative ease. As administrators look for solutions and tools to boost curriculum relevance, engage stakeholders, boost employability, and to participate in global knowledge transfer, eMentoring holds a lot of promise. The audience of administrators will be able to acquire an understanding of the SMART Design and acquire leadership tools that they can use jump start their own eMentoring initiatives.



8:00 – 10:30AM, THURSDAY & FRIDAY JULY 2ND & 3RD 2015

Introduction to MicroLearning and Mobile Learning 


Facilitator: Gregor Cholewa, Head of Mobile Knowledge Lab, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Research Studios Austria – Studio for MicroLearning and Information Environments and CTO at KnowledgeFox (Vienna, Austria)

The hands on workshop addresses teachers, trainers and administrators who want to support the knowledge buildup of students using smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. It will start with the key terms, principles and benefits of mobile learning and will then show how universities in Europe and the US are using mobiles in blended learning and distance learning scenarios. Participants will gain hands on experience from a learner, teacher and administrator perspective. Attendees who bring a script or presentation as source material will be able to create their first lesson and learning cards and to test them on their own device. Therefore participants should bring their own smart phone AND laptop computer or tablet if possible. The workshop will end with a discussion on success criteria for the implementation of mobile learning in large organizations and the experiences from Danube University Krems, Comenius University, University of Delft, from publishing houses and corporations such as Samsung, the Austrian railway corp. or Credit Suisse.

This workshop is being offered in English only. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, it can only hold 16 people per session.

Breakout Sessions

2:30PM – 4:00PM, THURSDAY JULY 2ND 2015


Subtheme: Access, equity, and ethics The role of ICT in creating access to education: A case study of Digital Divide Data (DDD) (practice)

Presenter:  Carmen Wamukoya

Institution: Digital Divide Data (DDD), KENYA

Voices from the distance: Communicating the experience of remote education (research, virtual presentation)

Presenter:  Jillian Marchant
James Cook University, AUSTRALIA

Open licensing digital storytelling for multilingual literacy development: Implications for teachers (practice).

Presenter: Dorcas N. Wepukhulu

South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE), SOUTH AFRICA

Formation à distance et genre: les solutions du problème de déficit de professeurs de mathématiques au Sénégal (research).

Presenter: Julie Affoue KandaMinistère de L’éducation National, SENEGAL


2:30 – 4:00PM, THURSDAY JULY 2ND 2015


Subtheme: Innovation and change The Case For VLE in Life-long Learning, Capacity Building and Poverty Reduction (research).

Presenter: Najim Ussiph
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, GHANA

The iterative engagement between curation and evaluation in an open research project: A utilization-focused approach (practice).

Presenter: Sarah Goodier

University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Empirical-based analytical insights on the position, challenges and potential for promoting OER in ODeL institutions in Africa (research).

Presenter:Cornelia K. Muganda

The Open University of Tanzania, TANZANIA

Quelles innovations dans les stratégies d’amélioration du double tutorat dans la formation a distance des enseignants du secondaire: cas du Sénégal (research).

Presenter: Mamadou Sarr

Université Cheikh Anta Diop, SENEGAL


12:00 -1:30PM, FRIDAY JULY 3RD 2015


Subtheme: Educational technology Use of cloud computing systems in education: The lived experiences of faculty members in tertiary institutions (research).

Presenter: Joseph Kwame Adjei,

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), GHANA

Use of electronic mobile devices in teaching and learning in higher education in Kenya: An emerging pedagogy (research).

Presenter: Anne A. Aseey

University of Nairobi, KENYA

Scolarisation des technologies mobiles en milieu universitaire africain: cas des universités camerounaises (research).

Presenter: Janvier Fotsing


Mobile learning and emerging technologies in higher education in Africa

Presenter: Dick Ngambi

University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA


12:00 -1:30PM, FRIDAY JULY 3RD 2015


Subtheme: Instructional or learning design Developing multimedia enhanced content to upgrade subject content knowledge of secondary school teachers in Tanzania (research/practice).

Presenter: Joel S. Mtebe

University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania & Tanzania Institute of Education, TANZANIA

Subtheme: Interaction and communication in learning communities Networked learning interactions in the e/merge Africa network (practice).

Presenter: Tony Carr

University of Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

Pratiques collaboratives en ligne: Incidences sur le renforcement des competences professionnelles «Expérimentation auprès de professeurs de lycées de Madagascar» (practice)

Presenter: Jean Claude Omer Andrianarimanana

L’Ecole Normale Supérieure d’Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR

Subtheme: Learner characteristics Análise das perceções, preocupações e satisfação dos estudantes e docentes no contexto de uma experiência de formação de professores on-line na Uni-CV (research)

Presenter: Inocêncio Soares Luisa

Universidade de Cabo Verde, CAPE VERDE